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Associate Professor Ossie Petrucco AM

Ossie Petrucco

A/Prof Ossie Petrucco AM MBBS, MRCOG, FAGO, FRCOG, RACOG, CREI, completed postgraduate specialist studies in Adelaide and the USA (St Louis University), the UK (Bristol and London) and Sweden (Gothenburg). He pioneered new surgical techniques in South Australia including male and female microsurgery, laparoscopic laser, hysteroscopic surgery performing the first female reversal of sterilisation, laparoscopic excision ectopic pregnancy, endometrial ablation Filshie Clips sterilisation and radiological fibroid embolisation, and transvaginal hydro laparoscopy.

He conducted master classes with Lord Robert Winston, Sherman Silber and Bruno Van Harendael to teach microsurgery, laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery in Australia.

He was elected inaugural President of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES) and was also President of the Australian Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

He is a subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and is past Chairman of the RANZCOG REI subcommittee responsible for training and examination of REI subspecialists.

He joined the O&G Department's Reproductive Medicine Unit in 1972 becoming a Foundation Member and Medical Director of Repromed until the formation of Fertility SA in 2009 with recent appointment to its Management Board. He was Foundation Secretary of the Australian Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research Society, a precursor of Fertility Society of Australia (FSA). Following appointment to FSA Council, he Chaired the FSA Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC), instituting major changes to Guidelines for the accreditation process of REI Units in Australia and New Zealand. These guidelines are now prerequisites for establishment of REI Units. He represented FSA on the Board of International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS).

A publication on female reversal of sterilisation in 2007 has influenced the re-introduction of Medicare payments for male and female reversal surgery, and he conducted the only randomised study of abdominal, vaginal and laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy in Australia.

Other research interests have included the use of pelvic venography to study chronic pelvic pain, hormone receptor, surface and transmission electron microscopy of fallopian tube and the use haemodynamic surgery in gynaecology.

He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of Fertility Society of Australia and Life Membership of AGES.

During his 23 year career in the Citizens Air Force (24 Squadron CAF) he was Principal Medical Officer (South Australia) achieving the rank of Group Captain and Reserve Force Decoration (RFD).

He continues to provide counselling for male and female reversal of sterilisation patients across Australia through the Sterilisation Reversal Australia.

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